Delta Southern Railroad Expands Reach with New Transload Terminal
TALLULAH, LOUSIANA, September 16, 2022 – Delta Southern Railroad, Inc., a privately held short line railroad company in Northern Louisiana, announced today the opening of a rail transload terminal on its Tallulah/Lake Providence branch in Sondheimer, LA slated for Fall 2022. Precision Terminal Logistics, a well-known national transload operator with experience handling a wide range of bulk and dimensional products, will operate the site, which will afford customers on-site truck scales and convenient access to both I-20 and the national rail network.
“We are extremely excited to have Precision operating on our railroad. I have known their team for many years, and have tremendous respect for their commitment to safety, environmental stewardship, and customer service,” said Frank Prentiss, VP of Sales and Marketing for Delta Southern.
A third-party terminal operator of more than 23 terminals from the northeast to the southern states and growing, Precision Terminal Logistics provides customized terminal services including material handling, inventory control, storage, processing, and loading. Their experience ranges from food grade to hazmat bulk and includes agriculture, chemical, energy, industrial minerals, and aggregate products, all of which are ideally suited for Delta Southern’s customers in the region.
“Precision is excited to partner with Delta Southern Railroad. The collaboration between all the partners bolsters logistics options for the local community and companies in the area. The potential increase to transportation efficiencies spans across all modes of transportation making this an attractive opportunity,” said Ray Nixon, President of Precision Terminal of Logistics.
Strategically increasing multi-modal transport infrastructure opportunities in the region not only aids trade expansion it is also attractive to industries looking to develop in the region making it a win-win for all parties, according to Nixon.
“It is my pleasure to help bring business back to the once booming town of Sondheimer, Louisiana,” said local landowner and businessman Chip Sullivan of BLP Trucking. “I look forward to working alongside Delta Southern Railroad and Precision Terminal Logistics. I am confident this partnership will be beneficial to our local and regional economy.”
Like Sullivan, Delta Southern Railroad is keen to invest in the communities their customers and employees call home. According to the company’s website, it is through exploration of prospects like this that they strive to not only expand business but change the way their customers move business.
“The addition of this location will offer customers a strategic point of import and export of products into the global market with direct connection to Kansas City Southern on the Meridian Speedway and other rail connections,” said Jon Ryan, CEO of Delta Southern.
“Additionally, the proposed merger of KCS and Canadian Pacific will allow customers single-system access to Canada and Mexico once it leaves our line. Delta Southern aims to bring global reach to our communities and industries of Northern Louisiana, and now our customers will have the opportunity for more efficient rail service to international ports, whether it be Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico or the Port of Vancouver in Canada,” Ryan added.
In addition to a broader reach of service for customers, Delta Southern anticipates the new transload site will present employment opportunities in the local communities, Tallulah, and Lake Providence, as well as provide an economic boost to the region.
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About Delta Southern Railroad, Inc.
Established in 2009, Delta Southern Railroad, Inc. is a short line railroad comprised of two lines, located approximately 60 miles apart in Monroe and Tallulah, Louisiana and serving two port facilities located on the mighty Mississippi River: Lake Providence Port and Madison Parish Port. Delta Southern transports grain, aggregate materials, agricultural products, cotton, coal, chemicals, fertilizer, forest products, sand clay and soda ash. Delta Southern is proud to work closely with well-respected railroad and interchange partners: Kansas City Southern (KCS) and Union Pacific Railroad (UP).
With connections at all levels of government in Louisiana, all the way to the local parish representatives in Northeast Louisiana, DSRR fosters strategic alliances with integrators and service providers to expand new economic opportunities within the region and for the communities it serves and calls home.
About Precision Terminal Logistics Services
Precision Terminal Logistics, headquartered in the Pittsburgh, PA area, operates 23 terminals in 15 states, providing an array of material handling services including transloading, secure bulk commodity storage and material handling facility design. The company was formed in September 2019 by Anacostia Rail Holdings Company and Brown Brothers Harriman Capital Partners Opportunities Fund, L.P.
About Kansas City Southern
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico, and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south-central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances with other North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
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